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  1. True, the point is that it gives some idea of when opportunities exist. And it's more than the green dates on the calendar. SLS has to have the FTS installed, then it has 20 days to launch, or it must roll back to the VAB. Not sure how much time it takes upon rollout to get the vehicle ready at the pad—a day? Two? I would assume they roll out in advance of a launch window, then they have 20 days, after which back to the barn, the repeat. A lot will depend on weather I think.
  2. Starliner from Dragon I think
  3. The ~160 acre BO facility (not counting the pad) at KSC is taking shape:
  4. Hatch opening coverage starts soon
  5. Could be. All the "old space" companies had, and have some brilliant engineers. These are the same entities that sent humans to the Moon, after all. The cash flow to bootstrap stuff like we see in this thread just never happened. I say bootstrap because I think there is a nonzero probability that once started, cheap heavy lift might actually create new markets, in which case it could become self-sustaining.
  6. The problem is that as "real" companies that have stockholders, and need to actually make money, such projects require an entity to write the checks. So they came up with some epic ideas, but those ideas are sales pitches to NASA. No check written, no epic spacecraft. It takes a company that doesn't actually exist to make money to do anything epic short of a national goal set such that they are free with the checkbook because there is not really a business case for super heavy lift (much less a case for frequent super heavy lift).
  7. Driving second set of hooks Hard dock, umbilicals next. And umbilicals Congrats, Boeing!
  8. Hooks going in. Not hard dock yet I think.6/12 hooks closed
  9. Docking ring might need to be redeployed. Yep. 30 min to reboot the ring
  10. Yeah, they've had some issues with TDRSS coverage. PAO is doing a good job.
  11. Looks like it’s maybe the display of position code that’s got an issue, actual position/telemetry is good.
  12. My friend at MCC is pretty burnt, so I think it's tedious in Houston, too. Retreat test being done.
  13. I was hearing the same earlier, but couldn't really talk about it.
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